Easter is upon us, where a notably religious festival it is one that has also become associated with a certain degree of gluttony, specifically for feasting on chocolate and lamb. This in mind we’ve put together a few suggestions on which beers and wines to pair with this delicious, sweet and tender meat.
De Bartoli The Accomplice Shiraz // 75cl // 13.5% ABV // £8.33
Crimson in colour, with vibrant berries with a hint of spice and vanilla on the nose. Dark cherries bring a hint of sweetness that contrasts against soft tannins and spice to create a smooth, long and lingering finish. Medium bodied and a little dry.
Cristia Cotes Du Rhone // 75cl // 13.5 % ABV // £12.21
Deep purple in colour, this is a bold Rhone with distinct notes of quartz, lavender, raspberries and a hint of the floral via eucalyptus. A mildy bitter wine, the tannins reduce with breathing, it holds a notable softness and gentleness in its’ texture, rich in sloes, damson and fruit pips.
Villa Antinori Toscanna Rosso // 75cl // 13.5 % ABV // £14.99
This wine is deep purple bordering on crimson in colour, it has a distinct burnt oak nose balanced against tobacco, almond, thyme liquorice and forest fruits. Regarding taste, dark chocolate in conjunction with star anise and blackcurrants, soft tannins bring a lightly bitter, creamy oak texture.
Domaine Cristia Gigondas // 75cl // 15% ABV // £19.99
Spice, rosemary, red cherries and hint of menthol on the nose. Smooth and rich this wine is off-dry, with a light bitterness and acidity. Full of pepper, leather, tabaco and fruit this is a complex but well-rounded wine from the southern Rhone. Best results found when left to breath for at least an hour.
Two Hands Bella’s Garden Shiraz // 75cl // 15.5% ABV // £39.99
Deep violet color, amazing nose of blackberries, cassis, plums, and spice. Fruit is prevalent on the initial palate, but the pepper and spice you’d expect from an Aussie Shiraz is what lingers. Not overly dry with medium tannins on the long finish.
Ayinger Celebrator // 330ml // 6.7% ABV // £2.30
Celebrator has a creamy head of tight bubbles contrasting beautifully with its profound dark colour, full-bodied and velvety. A strong beer, but not overpowering, there is great balance between the various malts, the alcohol and the subtle hops. A complex fruitiness of roasted malt and whole hop flowers. Despite its richness, it has a faintly smoky dryness in the finish.
Lymestone Stone Dead Imperial Stout // 500ml // 6.66% ABV // £2.69
This rich, dark, imperial stout having enough bite for anyone looking to satisfy their thirst. Coffee, burnt toast and bitter fruits dominate whilst Styrian Goldings slowly seduce the palate. A winner of many awards, this is one exceptional stout.
Hoegaarden Julius Blonde // 330ml // 8.5% ABV // £3.13
The beer is dark golden-blonde colored and pours a large white head. The aroma is a nice palate of herbs, specifically coriander, orange peels, bananas and wheat. Complex taste of citrus notes and some spicy bitterness in which the coriander is clearly noticable. The finish is long and medium bitter.
Delerium Nocturnum // 330ml // 8.5% ABV // £3.68
Dark brown-red in colour, with a compact white-yellow, stable and lacing head. Touches of caramel, mocha and chocolate with hints of spice on the nose with a very good mouthfeel. This is followed by an increasing bitterness, partially from the hop, but also from the roasted malt and chocolate malt.
Löwenbräu Triumphator // 50cl // 7.6 % ABV // £3.99
This doppelbock dunkel (double strong dark) winter beer is a molasses brown in the glass with a creamy white head, a bold nose of burnt treacle with a rich, thick and velvety body. In terms of flavour there is a distinctly toasted and roasted maltiness, think liqourice, dark chocolate and espresso.